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NFL Free Agency 2012: Curtis Lofton Agrees To 5-Year Deal With Saints

The wait is over. Curtis Lofton has become a former Atlanta Falcons linebacker after signing a five-year deal with division rival the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

Lofton was the Falcons' second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Atlanta will be forced to try and replace Lofton with some sort of combination of veteran Lofa Tatupu who was recently signed and former Georgia standout Akeem Dent. They will have some big shoes to fill as Lofton recorded 147 tackles, had one forced-fumble and two interceptions for the Falcons during the 2011 season.

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